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The Luxury In this economy, one of European travel's most classic experiences – a grand tour of Italy’s most iconic cities, Rome, Florence and Venice – could seem more a luxury than an imperative. And if a week is all the vacation time you have, it helps to have the legwork done for you. Select Italy is giving a smart twist to the classic urban trinity tour with its new Big Three package. You’ll still see the big sights over the course of a seven days, but with thoughtful touches like a tasting at Rome’s most exclusive wine bar, Casa Bleve (with ruins in the wine cellar, naturally), advance reservations to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Florence’s Uffizi (as infamous for its long lines as famous for its great art!).
The Value In addition to the above, you’ll partake in a half-day private walking tour, be transported betwixt each city by first-class train, and bed down at trio of upscale properties, including Rome’s Hotel Fontanella Borghese, Florence’s Hotel Relais Uffizi, and Venice’s Hotel Violino d’Oro. Rates start at $1,766.50 per person.
The Catch The urban orientation of the package doesn’t leave much time to explore points of interest outside the cities. Rates rise to over $2,000 in high season, and airfare is not included.
The Details 800-877-1755, www.selectitaly.com